Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't Buy 3rd Party Lightning Cables for iPhone 5

It seems everyone got their undies in a bundle when Apple switched to the new Lightning cable. Apple has a long history of embracing new technology and leaving the old you just have to get used to that.

But when you get that new iPhone 5, do not be tempted to buy cheap cables from a 3rd party manufacturer. The cables are proprietary to Apple, and to keep them that way, Apple has placed an authenticator chip in all of their Lightning cables. The authenticator chip is also proprietary to Apple and cannot be duplicated.

What that means is that 3rd party cables will fit your new iPhone 5, but they will not work. Without the authenticator chip, the cables are unable to transmit power or data. Caveat emptor.

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